A New Jersey Family’s Best Years in Townshend – in Memory of Rick Lang

It’s truly amazing how many people still remember this area in general, and Grace Cottage in particular, with such fondness and nostalgia, long after they have moved away from Vermont. An example of this was recently brought to light. In 1987, Richard (Rick) Lang and his young family of Scotch Plains, NJ, bought the old […]


Because Grace Cottage – The Scheuerman Family

It was 1999, and Bill and Joyce Scheuerman were looking for a place to retire. From New Jersey, they had vacationed in southern Vermont for decades and knew they wanted to retire to this region. But which town? They looked at homes in Putney, Guilford, and Dummerston—all great locations. But Joyce was a nurse, and […]


Caring for the Future – The Barbara B. Crawford Endowment Fund

Robert B. Crawford of Grafton established the Barbara B. Crawford Endowment Fund at Grace Cottage Hospital in thanks for the care that Barbara received at Grace Cottage during the last few years of her life. “The staff, nurses and everyone else were incredibly caring and supportive during this difficult time.  It is hard to imagine […]


A Stray Fly Ball – Dan & Peg Arguimbau

“In 1988, our family was on vacation at Townshend Cottages and our children (then 6 and 8) were playing catch when our daughter misjudged a fly-ball and it came down on her eye. We headed to Grace Cottage Hospital (at that time a house), and were immediately greeted by a very nice woman. Dr. Shafer […]


The Catherine N. Stratton Reception Area

Catherine N. Stratton Reception Area

Catherine (“Kay”) N. Stratton’s family was so appreciative of the many decades of care given to her by Grace Cottage and Dr. Robert Backus that they wanted to link these names in perpetuity. The wife of MIT’s 11th President (the late Julius Stratton), Kay’s favorite place in the world was her beloved farmhouse, Toby Hill, […]


A Gracious Entrance for One’s Beloved – in honor of Sheila B. Friedli

Sheila B Friedli

Ernie Friedli of Windham made a very generous donation for a new entrance at Grace Cottage in thanks for the wonderful care that his beloved wife, Sheila, received from all the staff and especially from Dr. Timothy Shafer, during her life. “Since the day that Sheila died at Grace Cottage in December, 2014, I have had the feeling that her spirit is still here, and only here,” said Ernie.

“We met when she was 11 and we were married for more than 62 years. She was my soulmate and I wanted to do something special to memorialize her.